Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Sunset Junction Officially Cancelled

TheWrap -- No Butthole Surfers or Melvins at Sunset Junction this weekend -- organizers' last-ditch attempt to get a permit from the city failed today.

On Monday, the L.A. Board of Public Works voted to deny a permit because the non-profit group that puts on Silver Lake's annual festival had failed to pay $141,000 in advance fees. The organizers apparently raised the bulk of that sum in time for Wednesday's meeting, but still walked away empty handed.

The Sunset Junction festival has been taking place for the last 30 years. Sunset Boulevard, one of the city's main East-West thoroughfares, is closed during the two-day event, which the city said was one of the reasons for the high fees intended to cover police, fire and transportation services.

The city claims that organizers still owe the city more than $265,000 in unpaid fees for last year's festival., the festival’s website, is now displaying an error message. That doesn’t bode well for ticket holders hoping to get a refund.

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